Days 1-2 UK – Entebbe
We fly to Entebbe, on the edge of Lake Victoria and a short drive to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. We will transfer to our accommodation near Kampala where we will have time to settle in and familiarise ourselves with our new surroundings.
Day 3 Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park
We leave Kampala and head west passing through the amazing rural countryside of Uganda on a real adventure. We are heading towards the famed Queen Elizabeth National Park to a village and a simple guesthouse nearby which will be our base and home for the next few days. We can be sure of a true African welcome when we arrive!
Day 4 Wildlife Safari
After an early start we hope to see the animals when they are most active at the beginning of the day. From our vehicle we aim to glimpse elephant, hippo, lots of different species of gazelle and maybe even a lion. Later in the afternoon we take a cruise of a special safari boat along the Kazinga Channel. This is a fantastic platform to see wildlife up close along the banks with buffalo, an abundance of birds, crocodiles and hippos.
Day 5 Forest Trek
Today we will stretch our legs and explore the trails through the surrounding forests. The brilliant thing about wandering here is the possibility of seeing amazing creatures and astonishing birds around every corner.
Day 6 Local Farming Techniques
We will look today at what people grow, how they do so and the farming techniques they employ. There is the subsistence growing for families to survive and then farming on a larger scale. We will consider the condition of the soil, and what is used to help grow and the growing cycle of crops.
Day 7 Crater Lake & Katwe Salt Lake
Today we have another early morning game drive through the savannah grasses hoping to spot lions, hippos, elephants, hyenas and many other animals in their native habitat. Later we visit the Crater lakes which are surrounded by forest and Katwe Salt Lake where the salt industry is the main source of income among the inhabitants. The locals practice salt mining on a small scale, just as we here back home have our own gardens for cultivation, the people in Lake Katwe have their own salt pans which provide them with the ability to be sustainable.
Day 8 Community Experience
Today we will spend the day with a local community experiencing real life in a Ugandan village.
We’ll have the chance to spend time with a local family, in their home or helping in their fields. The day offers a unique insight into rural, farming life and traditional customs. We might even have the chance to sample some delicious home cooked food with our new friends!
Days 9-12 Worthwhile Community Project
We will undertake a worthwhile community project over the next few days. Our team in Uganda will have liaised with the locals to see what will be most useful to help them. We are aiming for our projects to be sustainable and on-going for other generations of students to follow on in future trips to the area.
In the past we have aided the completion of poorly built mud classrooms and donated text books and other educational materials to help teachers at their school. Our expedition teams have previously built animal shelters for goats and chickens and groups have donated chicks to the community. We have constructed a much needed rain water collection tank to provide clean and safe drinking water.
This is a really worthwhile approach to helping the community and leaving them something useful and tangible after your wonderful visit.
Days 13-14 Return to UK
Today we make our way back to Entebbe in time for our flight back to the UK, taking with us memories to last a lifetime!
£ 400 1st payment per person as a non-refundable deposit.
Payable on booking. Payable by cheque or bank transfer.
£1, 895 2nd payment per person. Final payment due 10 weeks prior to departure date. This can be made by cheque, debit card or bank transfer.
This Expedition Includes
Far Frontiers Expedition Leader (qualified first-aider); School staff as appropriate; International economy class flights between UK and Entebbe; UK international departure tax; Passenger Service Charges; Accommodation in shared rooms throughout; Supporting in-country guides; All transfers by minibus or bus as per itinerary; All applicable National Park, travel permits & entry fees; All meals from arrival in Uganda to breakfast on day of departure from Uganda; Vegetarian or other meal plan can be provided*—please specify at time of booking
This Expedition Excludes:
Personal travel insurance premiums; Immunisation costs; Personal equipment and clothing; Contribution towards materials for community project (allow approximately £25 per participant); Visa fees (currently payable in US Dollars cash on arrival at Entebbe
Airport for UK passport holders); Any locally paid international airport departure taxes;
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, telephone calls, souvenirs etc;
Tipping for local guide and drivers
There is the chance to track wild chimpanzee* with a professional Park Ranger in what is probably the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. This is an utterly exhilarating experience to which few wildlife encounters can compare!
If the whole group chooses to do this as an activity, this can be done on day 5 while in the Kalinzu Forest Reserve, at extra cost.
*Note that because of park restrictions on group size, there will be a split timetable for any chimpanzee tracking.
The Itinerary: While Far Frontiers Expeditions will make every effort to provide the itinerary as presented, this is sometimes not possible and your patience and understanding are requested if the itinerary should change.
*We will do our best to ensure that you are given the diet you require while on expedition. However, we cannot be responsible for life threatening illnesses, which may occur if certain foods are eaten (e.g. severe nut allergy). The air holiday package shown is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 9281.